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Tulane baseball notebook: As Texas and Alabama jobs open, A.D. Troy Dannen lauds coach David Pierce; Wave celebrates first AAC title

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane head coach David Pierce

Tulane baseball coach David Pierce earned his fifth consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA tournament Monday afternoon. Almost simultaneously, significant coaching news hit the rest of the nation. Texas’ Augie Garrido and Alabama’s Mitch Gaspard lost their jobs, yielding a wave of speculation about who would take over those programs. As Pierce stood on stage in the… Continue reading →

Key players, broadcast info, more: LSU, UL-Lafayette lead historic group of Louisiana teams into NCAA baseball tournament

Louisiana Tech, Southeastern, UL-Lafayette, LSU and Tulane will all be represented in the 2016 NCAA baseball tournament. (Advocate file photos)

Tulane leaving Louisiana, headed to Ole Miss for baseball regional

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane bench erupts in celebration after Tulane's Jeremy Montalbano (33) hit a walkoff homer in the 9th inning against Cincinnati at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 16 2016.

With the Baton Rouge bracket already having come and gone, the sense of anticipation at Tulane’s watch party reached a crescendo as the Lafayette pairings were revealed. To everyone’s surprise, the Green Wave’s name did not appear. But second-year coach David Pierce was OK with missing out on potential rematches with LSU or Louisiana-Lafayette.… Continue reading →

Tulane won’t host regional but could stay in Louisiana

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane head coach David Pierce (22) makes one of many pitching changes against Cincinnati at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April, 17 2016.

The Tulane baseball team’s chance to host a regional ended when Houston eliminated it from the American Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday morning, but the Green Wave still likely won’t leave Louisiana. The NCAA named LSU and Louisiana-Lafayette as two of the 16 regional hosts on Sunday night, giving the Wave (39-19) a pair… Continue reading →

Led by Alex Massey, Tulane blanks Central Florida 5-0 to stay alive in AAC baseball tournament

Photo by Ben Solomon--Tulane pitcher Alex Massey pitches against UCF in the American Athletic Conference tournament May 27, 2016, in Clearwater, Fla.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Tulane suddenly has new life in the American Athletic Conference baseball tournament, and Alex Massey performed the resuscitation. On a warm, breezy day, the Green Wave’s fifth-year senior preserved his team’s bullpen, its conference tournament title hopes and its aspirations of hosting an NCAA tournament regional. “Just really… Continue reading →

Tulane football 'excited' to travel to Ohio State in 2018 in newly announced matchup

. Tulane’s 2018 football schedule received a significant upgrade on Wednesday afternoon. The Green Wave announced it will face Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 22, 2018 in a non-conference road game. The Buckeyes, winners of the 2015 CFP National Championship, will host Tulane in its 104,944 capacity Ohio Stadium. The two schools,… Continue reading →

Tulane rested, ready for Houston

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane pitcher Emerson Gibbs (29) throws against East Carolina at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April, 9, 2016.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Breakfast, as usual, wasn’t mandatory Wednesday morning for Tulane. Relaxation was. Most Green Wave players slept in. An off-day workout was pushed back to early afternoon to allow them to spend a few waking hours off the clay and on the Gulf shore sand. After four hectic, high-stakes games in… Continue reading →

Multitude of arms help Tulane past UCF 4-3 in AAC tournament opener

Photo provided by Ben Solomon -- Tulane's Grant Witherspoon bats as the Green Wave faces Central Florida during the first round of the American Athletic Conference on Tuesday, May 24. 2016.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — In the wake of last weekend’s three-game, 31-inning endurance challenge at Houston, Tulane baseball coach David Pierce had to lean on some seldom-used arms to get through Tuesday night’s American Athletic Conference tournament opener. Facing eighth-seeded Central Florida, Pierce started fifth-year senior right-hander Trevor Simms, who had hit six batters in 14.2… Continue reading →

As the AAC baseball tournament opens Tuesday, Tulane has work to do to be an NCAA regional host

With an RPI in the high 20s, the Tulane baseball team remains a little low on one key metric for hosting an NCAA tournament regional, even after winning the American Athletic Conference regular-season title. The Green Wave (37-17) has all week to work on that number, though, as it tries to add an AAC tournament championship to its… Continue reading →

CHAMPS: Tulane clinches American Athletic Conference regular-season title

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- A joyous Tulane third baseman Hunter Hope (16) comes into the dugout after hitting an inside-the-park home run against UNO at Turchin Stadium on May 10, 2016. He is flanked by Tulane infielder Matt Braud (43) and Tulane infielder Shea Pierce (9).

HOUSTON — Tulane withstood a 3½-hour rain delay and then a final charge from the Houston Cougars Saturday evening at Schroeder Park. The Green Wave went on to take a 4-3 win over the Cougars to claim the American Athletic Conference regular-season title and earn the No. 1 seed for the conference postseason tournament. The tournament begins Tuesday at… Continue reading →

Georgia OL commits to Tulane

After visiting Tulane in late April, Marist (Ga.) offensive lineman Charlie Clark said he liked everything about the school and would make his final decision during the summer. He didn’t even wait until the end of May, choosing the Green Wave over Georgia Southern on Saturday morning. He said he also considered Florida Atlantic.… Continue reading →

Tulane’s magic number down to one after doubleheader split

HOSUTON — Tulane’s day got off to a rough start. It ended quite well. Trying to chase down the American Athletic Conference title, the Green Wave lost its first game to Houston 3-2 in 13 innings, then bounced back in the second game to win 8-4. Tulane (36-17, 14-7) reduced its magic number to one for The American regular-season… Continue reading →

Some surprises on Tulane’s post-spring football depth chart

The uncertainty in Tulane’s passing game and the strength of its running backs were reflected when new coach Willie Fritz released his post-spring depth chart on Thursday. A month after practice ended, redshirt sophomore Glen Cuiellette and freshman Darius Bradwell were listed as co-No. 1s at quarterback. Working with a very thin, inexperienced group of… Continue reading →

Tulane tries to put loss behind as crucial series at Houston awaits

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  -- Tulane pitcher Emerson Gibbs (29) throws against East Carolina at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April, 9, 2016.

Former Tulane baseball coach Rick Jones used to love the phrase, “momentum lasts only until the next day’s starting pitcher.” Coming off a surprising 2-0 home loss to Nicholls State, the Green Wave can benefit from that analysis heading into a pivotal series at white-hot Houston. A game-and-a-half in front of East Carolina at the top of the… Continue reading →

Tulane moves closer to AAC baseball title with 9-5 victory over Memphis

The Tulane baseball team moved close enough to taste its first conference championship in 11 years Sunday, even though coach David Pierce couldn’t get anywhere close to the field after the first inning. Pierce was ejected for arguing a call at first base, but the Green Wave finally solved Memphis’ pitching after wanting to spit out its performance… Continue reading →

Tulane men’s tennis advances in NCAA tournament

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The No. 31 Tulane men’s tennis team’s secured a victory 11 years in the making on Saturday morning at the Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center, shutting out No. 41 Dartmouth 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Green Wave (16-8) advance to Sunday’s regional final, where they’ll play host… Continue reading →

Memphis hands Tulane shocking 8-1 loss

Everything was headed in the right direction for Tulane’s baseball program. The No. 15 Green Wave climbed to its highest place in the polls in nine years, winning 12 of its past 13 games and leading the American Athletic Conference standings. Fans were flocking back to Turchin Stadium, and Tulane administrators were preparing a bid to host… Continue reading →

Lex Kaplan makes Memphis pay as Tulane stays in first place in AAC

Lex Kaplan took it personally when Memphis intentionally walked Jeremy Montalbano to face him with two outs in the eighth inning. Kaplan made the Tigers pay by ripping a 2-0 pitch into right field, scoring Stephen Alemais from third base for the only run as Tulane held on to first place in the American Athletic Conference, beating the… Continue reading →

Tulane men’s tennis team keen on turning the tables in rematch with Dartmouth to open NCAA play

Already excited about playing in the NCAA tournament for the first time in 11 years, the Tulane men’s tennis team has the added motivation of revenge. First-round opponent Dartmouth was the lowest-ranked team to beat the Green Wave all season, winning 4-3 indoors Jan. 31. Dartmouth was No. 42 at the time, and Tulane was coming… Continue reading →

Tulane Athletic Director Troy Dannen keeping eye on Big 12 expansion

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLERTulane Athletic Director Troy Dannen

Tulane Athletic Director Troy Dannen’s reaction to recent expansion talk from the Big 12 is exactly the same as it was when he was hired in December. He will stay on top of it, but it does not change his approach as he tries to rebuild the program. “Conference expansion is something you track every day,” Dannen… Continue reading →

Corey Merrill settling in as Tulane’s closer

Pursuing it first conference championship in 11 years, the Tulane baseball team has found a closer to match its sterling starting pitching. If junior Corey Merrill keeps throwing the way he has in his last two relief appearances, the surging Green Wave (33-14, 11-5 American Athletic Conference) will be that much more dangerous down the stretch. Tulane, ranked… Continue reading →

Tulane athletic director Troy Dannen ‘realized how special this place could be,’ makes sweeping changes to put Green Wave on right track

Photo courtesy Tulane Athletics -- New athletic director Troy Dannen poses in Yulman Stadium in January 2016.

Troy Dannen tried to talk himself out of Tulane. He knew its history. The Green Wave typically crested at the bottom of the standings, its name rarely synonymous with winning on a national stage. So when the athletic director position came open for the first time in 16 years, he assumed there must be an underlying cause… Continue reading →

Green Wave bats hammer Southern 14-2

Tulane shortstop Stephen Alemais was called out when the first-base umpire ruled he missed the bag on his way to what he thought was a leadoff double in the first inning against Southern. The Green Wave did not miss much of anything else. First baseman Hunter Williams crushed a grand slam to center field in the fifth inning,… Continue reading →